Not to be Mr. Cynical Realist guy here, because it'd be awfully cool to have a female be a coach in the NBA. There's no inherent reason why this shouldn't happen. It's just that it won't, at least not anytime soon.â†µ
That was the first thought upon reading about Nancy Lieberman, who was just named head coach of the Mavericks' D-League affiliate. Lieberman is the first female ever to hold a D-League head spot, and she is already answering questions about the NBA:
"If I am successful, I'm sure that I will be looked at (by the NBA),'' Lieberman, while on her way to her press conference to be introduced, told FanHouse by phone. "If I'm not successful, I won't be.''â†µ
I suppose if there's any major sports league in which this could happen, it's the NBA; there's far less blatant machismo than the NFL, far less old-guard sexism than Major League Baseball. But still, NBA players, for all their wondrous ability, aren't exactly the most enlightened batch. If Lieberman succeeds in the D-League, she deserves a shot. But is anyone confident she'll get one?